Margaret Palermo, City Councilwoman of District 1 for Uvalde, Texas, died Feb. 13, 2018, at the age of 74.
She was born May 4, 1943, to Capt. Von Rue McAtee and Doris Jane Huber in Long Beach, California.
She attended Martin High School in Laredo, Texas. While in high school, Margaret placed second in district finals with her tennis partner in doubles play. After high school, she joined the U.S. Army. She was one of only 11 Women’s Army Corps (WACs) chosen for a trial program at Fort Rucker, Alabama. During this time, she was the barracks non-commissioned officer in charge, as well as handling the payroll for 250 civilian government workers. Margaret loved her time in the military and was proud to be a veteran.
After the Army, Margaret returned to Laredo, where she began a 49 year career as a journalist. It was during this tenure that she interviewed people from all walks of life, from U.S. presidents, actors, musicians, to ordinary people who had something important to say. She was a champion for education, equal rights, and animal rights, focusing her writing on making the communities she lived in better. She abhorred government corruption and waste and was in retaliation, blacklisted for a number of years for exposing a corrupt and powerful Laredo political machine.
She felt strongly that those who were able should give a voice to those who couldn’t speak for themselves. It was this passion for getting to the bottom of things and trying to make things better for everyone that led her to run for city council in Precinct 1. As a councilwoman she endeavored to ensure the people of Uvalde received the benefits of services they were paying for, as well as working to ensure city operations and crews were taken care of. Frequently visiting proposed and active job sites to confirm the work being called for by contractors was truly required and being delivered, or on the flip side, if the city could perform the same work at a lower cost, then that the option was known to her fellow councilmen.
Living humbly, in a small two room house that she fashioned into a home with her own hands, she was an avid reader, enjoyed woodworking, working with the kids in her neighborhood and her many pets.
She is survived by her three children: John Palermo of Milam County, Texas, Kirk Palermo of Uvalde, Texas, and Terry Palermo-Campbell of Katy, Texas; nine grandchildren, Aubrey, Galen, McKenzie, Konnan, Christina, Rebecca, Nicole, Ian and Brice; and one great-grandson, Brandon. She also leaves behind three sisters,Vicki, Michelle, and Patsy, two brothers, Allen and Steve, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is greatly missed.
A memorial to remember her life will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Jardin de los Héroes park (also known as Heroes park and Mexican Park.) The Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard will be present. The event is open to the public – everyone is invited, and casual attire is appropriate.
The following week, Monday March 19, 2018, funeral services will be held at 10:15 a.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Family and friends are invited, and formal attire is requested.
The preceding is a paid obituary.